Greek landing ship Lemnos (L158)

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History
Name: LST-36
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 21 April 1943
Launched: 10 July 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Franklin Keen
Struck: 23 June 1947
Identification: Hull symbol: LST-36
Fate: Transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy, 23 August 1943
Greece
Name: Lemnos
Namesake: Lemnos
Acquired: 23 August 1943
Decommissioned: 10 May 1977
Identification: Hull symbol: L158
Fate: Sold to Greece, January 1947
General characteristics [1]
Type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:

USS LST-36 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship of the United States Navy built during World War II. She was transferred to the Royal Hellenic Navy on 23 August 1943, before being commissioned into the USN, and was renamed Lemnos (Λήμνος).

Construction[edit]

LST-36 was laid down on 21 April 1943, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Dravo Corporation; launched on 10 July 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Franklin Keen; and transferred to the Hellenic Navy on 23 August 1943, and renamed Lemnos (L158).[2]

Service history[edit]

Lemnos sailed from Galveston Bar for Key West, Florida, on 28 August 1943, with convoy HK 125, arriving in Key West, 1 September 1943.[3]

On 11 October 1943, Lemnos left Halifax, Nova Scotia, in convoy SC 144,[4] en route she joined convoy WN 497 that had departed Loch Ewe, on 26 October. She arrived in Methil, Scotland, on 28 October with a load of lumber.[5]

Lemnos departed Methil, on 3 December 1943, in convoy EN 314 (series 2), arriving in Loch Ewe, on 5 December.[6] She departed Liverpool, England, in convoy OS 61/KMS 35, on 8 December 1943.[7] The convoy split on 20 December 1943, with Lemnos continuing on in convoy convoy KMS 35G, arriving in Gibraltar, on 21 December.[8]

On 22 May 1944, Lemnos departed Augusta, Sicily, with convoy VN 41, arriving in Naples, Italy, the following day.[9] She later returned to Augusta, in convoy NV 46, departing Naples, on 16 June, and arriving the next day.[10]

Lemnos sailed for Taranto, Italy, on 9 January 1945, in convoy HP 19, arriving in Piraeus, Greece, on 12 January 1945.[11]

Post-war service[edit]

She was sold to the government of Greece in January 1947, and struck from the Navy list on 23 June 1947.[2] She was decommissioned from the Greek navy on 10 May 1977.

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